Here we go again…

Here we go again… this time is… fourteen…!!!
by Hugo Acosta

Here we go again, usually during the last week of (each) January, when I take a few minutes to reflect, to contemplate, to think about it, and… to prepare content for these annual editorials… something that this time will be shorter and quick… something that almost was not done, but (thanks to my editor in chief, Marisol Hernandez) it happened…

So, to keep that “short and quick approach, I am not going to narrate again, the continuing straggle and still-growing difficulty of the newspaper business, I am not going to develop on the “ups and downs” we might have gone through this year, and yes, I am not going to expose much of the possible professional (or personal) issues I might have gone through this year, and I am not going to present some peculiar weird analogy of the number 14 (like I have done in past anniversary times).

This time, I am going to simply indicate that one more time, this anniversary moment commemoration, still makes me feel the sense and emotion of accomplishment, and the strong gratification of achievement, for something that I like to do, and that I still do with love. Producing this ethnic publication (and the other Hispanic Media Outlets we provide) keeps giving me not only the financial support for me and my family, but also an enjoyment and delight to serve my culture. I do apologize if this drier and shorter editorial might have disappointed some (maybe even my editor in chief, Marisol Hernandez), and I apologize if the expected drama and fuss is not there like in the past, but in addition of going through a really busy and hectic time in this beginning of the year, some other (personal) issues might have somehow tinted or affected the inspiration and motivation I usually get, to prepare and develop a better editorial.

I still want to thank the ones that not only helped us and supported us in the making and existence of this 14-year old project (specially clients, associates, and staff), but I also want to thank to those that believe (and are still believing) in this product, and in my culture, and believe in the efforts that Marisol & I have been putting for the last 14 years… and planning to continue doing for… many more years in the future.


By José Enrique Perez

New York State has a workers’ compensation law dealing with accidents of workers and occupational diseases.  The workers’ compensation law sets forth the procedure for obtaining benefits when you are out of work because of a work-related accident or occupational disease.  The law requires almost all employers to have coverage for all workers.  Even if an employer, however, does not have workers’ compensation coverage for its workers, you will be still entitled to benefits under the workers’ compensation law because the Uninsured Employers Fund unit will step into the shoes of that employer.

You should know that workers’ compensation is a type of insurance.  Therefore, the employer or the insurance carrier, and not you, will pay for medical treatment, and the wages you lose because you are injured on the job and/or become ill because of your job.  The benefits paid pursuant to the workers’ compensation law are determined pursuant to various degrees of disability (which I will describe in the May edition).

The employer or its insurance carrier cannot discriminate based on race, national region, color, immigration status, sex, age, religion, disability and/or sexual preference when providing benefits to the workers.

What Should You Do If You Are Injured On The Job?   The first thing you should do is to seek medical treatment for your injuries.  Thereafter, you should notify your employer about your injury (and you should do so preferably in writing) as soon as practicable, but no later than thirty days after the injury.  If you fail to notify your employer within thirty days of your injury, the employer may be able to raise a failure to notify and/or lack of notice defense which may affect your claim.  After you notify your employer, you should file a claim for compensation benefits as soon as practicable.  Remember that the workers’ compensation law sets a statute of limitation of two years.  The statute of limitation means that if you do not notify the Workers’ Compensation Board of your case and/or injury within two years after the accident, you will not be able to claim benefits under the workers’ compensation law.  The Workers’ Compensation Board is a New York State agency that oversees all claims for compensation under the workers’ compensation law.

How Do You File A Claim With The Workers’ Compensation Board?  You can ask your employer for a form C-3, Employee’s Claim for Compensation.  If your employer does not have the form C-3, you can do any of the following:

  • Call the Workers’ Compensation Board at (866) 396-8314 and ask the Board representative to complete it with you over the telephone;
  • Go online to and complete the form electronically;
  • Go online to and download form C-3, complete it, and mail it to the nearest Workers’ Compensation Board office;
  • Go to the nearest Workers’ Compensation Board office and ask a Board representative to help you complete the form. Please note that the employer will complete a similar form called C-2, Employer’s Report of Work-Related Injury/Illness, as soon as you notify it of your injury.
  • Who Is Covered Under The Workers’ Compensation Law?  Almost all workers are covered and may receive medical treatment and wages for time lost because of the injury and/or illness with only a few exceptions.  If you have any doubt about your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, you should still file the C-3 and contact either the Workers’ Compensation Board or an attorney to discuss your case.

    What Injuries Are Covered Under The Workers’ Compensation Law?  There are two types of coverage under the workers’ compensation law:

    On the job injuries:   All injuries sustained while working for an employer or in the course of employment are covered with only one exception:  If you sustain an injury as a result of your use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol, or from trying to self-inflict an injury or inflict an injury to someone else, you may lose the right to benefits under the workers’ compensation law.

    Occupational disease:   If you do not sustain an injury on the job or in the course of employment for the employer, and you, nonetheless, become ill, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  This is called occupational disease.  An occupational disease is contracted as a result of your work.  An occupational disease arises from a specific aspect of the work you do.  A typical example is a person who works with computers and develops carpal tunnel syndrome.  It is important you tell your doctor what your work involves because you may not even know you have an occupational disease.  Occupational disease guidelines and timeframes are complex and different from a regular on-the-job injury.  Therefore, you should notify your employer as soon as you learn about it and file a workers’ compensation claim.  You are entitled to the same benefits you would have if you had sustained an on-the-job injury.  However, you may not even know you are suffering an occupational disease because either you have not lost time from work or you think it’s unrelated to your work.  Therefore, you should talk to your doctor not only about your symptoms, but also about your job activities.

    What Benefits Are You Entitled To Under The Workers’ Compensation Law?

    Under the Workers’ Compensation law, you may be entitled to: wages; medical treatment; reduced earnings; rehabilitation and social work;  reinstatement;  disability benefits in case the employer and/or insurance carrier objects to your claim; death benefits; etc.  Please see the May edition for a full description of these benefits, and much more. (i.e., employer’s objections to your claim;  degrees of disability;  discrimination;  etc.)

    You should remember that this article is not intended to provide you with legal advice; it is intended only to provide guidance about potential workers’ compensation accidents.  Furthermore, the article is not intended to explain or identify all potential issues that may arise in connection with an accident.  Each case is fact-specific and therefore similar cases may have different outcomes.

    I represent individuals in workers’ compensation cases.  If you have any questions or concerns about an accident, you can call me at (315) 422-5673, send me a fax at (315) 466-5673, or e-mail me at The Law Office of Jose Perez is located at 120 East Washington Street, Suite 925, Syracuse, New York 13202. Now with offices in Buffalo and Rochester!!! Please look for my next article in the May edition.

    Please, help us to better the daily traffic in your community.

    The Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is pleased to announce the release of the first wave of survey mailouts for the 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) on March 31st. The NHTS provides detailed information on the public’s use of the transportation system by all motorized and non-motorized modes and is the only source of national statistics and trend data on household travel. The 2016 NHTS along with other NHTS historical data will provide the Department with almost 50 years’ worth of trend data on the travel choices, preferences, and needs of the U. S. public.

    The NHTS has served as the foundation for sound national transportation policy, helping the USDOT to assess demand, capacity, and performance of the transportation system. 

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    Hispanic Business Person of the Year

    Mercedes Vazquez Simmons Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

    The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Mercedes Vazquez Simmons its 2016 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Vazquez Simmons is founder and president of Pretty Girl Promotions, a full-service boxing and mixed martial arts promotion company based in Rochester.

    RHBA Chair Vilma Burgos Torres said, “I am thrilled that we are honoring Mercedes. She has broken another glass ceiling, becoming the first Latina to gain national recognition as a boxing promoter for both male and female athletes in a once male-dominated industry.”

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    The meaning of Twelve…

    Here we go again..!

    Another anniversary..! Another Editorial from my part..! Another special dedicated front-page..! Another series of questions like “…what are you going to do to celebrate it..?”, or like “…how do you feel to do such of a huge accomplishment..?”, or like “…are you now going to cover Buffalo..?, or like “…are you sure it is 12 years..?” – and I will probably will be giving the same answers I have given for the last… 12 years.

    Although I don’t want to sound repeatedly again with this February’s editorial, this year repeats what I have been saying in other anniversaries, we have experienced again, the “ups & downs” in many aspects of the business and (my) life, including with changes of personnel and office spaces, variations of profits and investments, losing old advertisers and gaining new ones, increasing our participation with Festivals and closing some other annual events, including more services to our repertory and reducing the demand of others, and “Adapting” with the changes we all have to deal in life. I guess the one thing I might say about this particular anniversary year, is that we are more experienced and more clear in what our future will be, and the direction our media business most likely will take.

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    Latina Women Build Entrepreneurial Dreams

    Through a grant from the Women’s Fund of Central New York, the WISE Women’s Business Center, a  From left to Right: Susan Blanca, Crisol Matos, Olga Otero, Laiza Semidey, and Berenice Bonilla (Not in the picture Jamie Osorio and Mariana Blanca)program of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, hosted a graduation and pitch competition for the women in the “Éxito!” program on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St. in Syracuse.

    The six-week course “Éxito!” (Success!)  was created by the WISE Women’s Business Center with the goal of assisting the Central New York Latina community. The course encompassed: online learning, in-classroom training, roundtable discussion, accounting practices training and pitch competition coaching. Each week, the courses were based around a special software program designed to train women in entrepreneurship to create the first stages of a business plan and clearly articulate that plan in a five-minute pitch to an audience.

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    2015 WISE Latina Conference at the WISE Symposium

    WISE Latina… What is it..?

    The CNY Latino Media Consortium is presenting for the fifth year an event dedicated to the “Latina Woman”, as part of the famous women conference WISE, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, in Syracuse, NY. This Hispanic annual event for the fifth year honors and celebrates our female Hispanic representation in many aspect of life and it will take place at 12 noon; the WISE conference is all day and begins at 8:30 AM. This is the 13 year WISE brings one of the biggest business conference, networking and famous event in New YorkState, and maybe the most powerful conference for women..! This year, thanks to the sponsorship of CNY Latino, and of the partial collaboration of other business, the WISE conference is going to bring a session dedicated to Latina Women, where we will discuss aspects and issues related to this ethnic group. Use the online registration form (also for additional information) at the website, or call Marisol Hernández at (315) 558-4203 or email her at

    The 13 annual WISE Symposium will be culminating this year at 5:30pm with the National Grid Networking Reception & Tailgate with a Cash bar; WISE Connections Café; book signing with speaker/authors (including our WISE Latina speaker Heidy Ramos); visit booth of local entrepreneurs; Includes networking, exhibits, food, drinks, & fun (go to for more details)…

    If you know of anyone else who will benefit from attending this event for the Latina Woman, please forward this information to her (or to him – men are also welcome), or let us know who else you think should receive an invitation.

    NOTE: The event for Latina woman will be presented in “English” – possible assistance for translation may be offered.




    Thanks to our headquarters WISE Business Center with Joanne Lenwearver and Lindsay Wickham, and to our contributors Berenice Bonilla, Alison Grimes, Fransheska Savinon, and Guadalupe Dailey. We could not have done it without your support and contribution…

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